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What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Valerie

Knowing what I know now, I would make sure that my high school self was aware of and prepared for the challenges to come. I would let myself know that life will be full of unexpected surprises and pitfalls, but that they can all be overcome with enough dedication and perseverance. While things will not go to plan, I will be stronger than I think. Most importantly, I would prepare my high school self for how much dedication, time management, and adjustments life will require as there were many times knowing those skills ahead of time would have proven quite useful.

Cheyenne

If I could go back in time, to a senior me, I would grab myself by the shoulders and scream three very important words: "SCHOLARSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS!" In all reality I would most likely use more elegant words but that would be a majority of the message I would want to send. I didn't take college seriously and I figured that if it was meant to be, it would work out. That thought turned out to be the farthest from the truth. This week, actually, came crashing down financially and emotionally, as I found myself with only one friend, my boyfriend, and crying in public for the first time since pre-school. Most of my days are spent in bed, thinking about how I can get out of this hole. If I could go back, almost two years now, I would do it all differently. I would find friends, be involved, and make an effort to be happier overall.

Erika

I would tell myself to put myself out there more. University of South Florida really encouraged extra carricular activities and I was more worried about having a job to pay for myself than exposing myself to opportunities. I would also tell myself to apply to every internship I can. I never knew how helpful it could have been until I was looking for a job post graduation and had a very hard time finding one.

Caine

Caine Now: Hey, You, Kid with the social anxiety who isn't completly sure on what he wants to do with life, let alone what kind of person he wants to be. Caine Past: Are you talking to me? Guy that looks oddly like my father... Caine Now: Yes, I am. Im you from the future, I actually come from about 3 years into the future... I just wanted to give you a little bit of advice to help you along your path Caine Past: My path... Caine Now: Yes, your on a good path, like, to being what you see now. But you could be better, you could spend more time applying for schlorships, doing volunteer work, and just studying more because you are going to need it! College is a chance for you to really find yourself. Honestly, you wouldn't even know your lost. Just putting in the extra effort will take you farther then you could ever imagine. Caine Past: Well, alright then...Yeah you sound alot like my dad too. Well either way, I really appriciate the words of advice. Maybe ill work on the whole extra effort thing.

Kimberly

Don't be afraid to go up to someone and talk, they are just afraid as you are. Go to all the awkward campus freshman events, it will help you break out of your shell. The people you are going to live with are some of the greatest people you will ever meet, cherish every moment with them. Leaving home is the hardest thing to do but its time, you wanted this. Don't compare schools for anything except academics, each school has their thing it just takes a while to find it. Invite yourself places if you see a group of people you know, they don't know you well enough to invite you so see if you can go anyway. Feeling alone is okay. Your friends in high school are going to be different the next time you see them, keep a couple of them in your life and don't compare your beginning experiences, every school is different. As much as you wanted to leave Pennsylvania, the grass is always greener somewhere else and you will miss home no matter how much you convinced yourself you wouldn't.

Bianca

I would tell myself to get leadership positions whenever, and wherever I could get them. It's hard to get ahead with no leadership experience. If you want to do something, do it! The worst thing is wondering what would have happened if you did the thing you wanted to do. Utilize tutoring, don't wait until you know absolutely nothing that is going on in class. Attend club meetings, better chances to make friends and get involved.

Danielle

If I could go back and talk to myself as a senior in high school, I would stress the importance of taking the Advanced Placement classes and exams seriously. Now that I realize the importance of college credits, and how expensive it is for each individual class, I would have told myself to study harder and aim to pass the AP exams. I tended to deem them unimportant and did not strive to achieve very high scores. AP exams are essentially college classes that you can pass free of charge if you put the time into your schoolwork. I could have had so many more credits under my name coming into college if I would have known what I know now. But ,I can not go back and change my history so now I just emphasize the importance of the AP classes to students who are still in high school so that they may be successful and get ahead of the game in terms of their college credits.

Cierra

I would tell myself that college is fun but you have to be responsible about how you spend your time. I know that in high school I was some what of a lazy student. I would tell myself that College is a lot different than high school and you are on your own now, mom and dad arent going to be there to ask you every night wether you have homework or projects to work on. Staying on top of deadlines and developing good study habits are the key to having a successful experience in college. You may want to go out and party and experience the things you see college students do in movies but keep focused on your goals and you will succeed. You are an intellegent young woman and anything you put your mind to you can achieve.

Emily

I would tell myself not to worry or stress as much as I did but to also keep up the good work that I've already done. College's look for hard work all the way till the end. I would tell myself not to be so proud sometimes and ask for help when I need it because its okay not to know all of the answers all the time. What matters however is being able to figure out where the mistakes were made so that in the future those tough questions can be answered. I would also advise myself to get a job so that I could have some extra money for college just in case you start to get tired of the dining hall food and need a real meal. Because before you know it you start to spend lots of money on food and you bank account starts to slowly disappear. It is also important to remember who you are as a person and not to get caught up in any kinds of drama or in any groups that try and change you or your beliefs. Just be the best possible person you can be.

Anamul

Apply to more colleges and explore your options. Find a group of friends who have plans for higher education. Apply to more scholarships, it's free money!

Jazzmine

I would go back and tell my past self that "You need to fill out more scholarships and join more clubs". Although I got into the school that I wanted, I feel like I would've been better off if I did more and prepared more for college. I woud've told myself to focus more on my grades rather than my sports or at least find a happy medium.

Jose

If I were to go back in time and inform myself about college, I would start off by explaining the importance of a sleep schedule. Staying up late could lead you to sleeping in when there is classes. I would then tell myself about the amount of work I will be having in college and the importance of integral time management. Getting into college, there will be much more assignments to complete. Since I will be living on campus, the only one in charge of my schedule will be myself, and no matter how much I might not want to do an assignment, if it is mandatory, then I must complete it. One of the of the most crucial things I would tell myself is to stay calm and not worry about living away from home, getting here into college I will adjust quickly and make many loyal friends as well. Knowing this information would have surely saved me a few weeks of sleep when I was a high school senior.

Ayla

It's funny because I was just thinking about this the other day. Usually I would tell myself that "I wish I did better". You know, like to have focused more, studied more for the SAT/ACT, but now I would tell myself to "just live". Don't take any time for granted because time waits for no one. Instead of always worrying about what happened yesterday and what's going to happen tomorrow, just live now. Take every second one at a time. Enjoy the time you have now. Use it wisely. College is not hard, you just have to put in the work and manage your time. If you keep worrying about what happened on yesterday's test or tomorrow's exam then you're never going to get anything done. Just relax and focus on what you need to do now, at this moment.

Derthalie

High school was a series of mistakes one after the other. Although I emerged an intelligent and respectable woman, I can not fail to look back with disappointment. I could have been better and done better because I knew better. I would tell my high school self to stop procrastinating, and complete all my assignments without complaints. I would tell my high school self that cheating myself will only lead to shortcomings in the future. And some of the most important words I would utter is “save every penny you come in contact with.” During high school, we all like to have fun and make memorable moments, and try to be daring people, but sometimes it’s not worth it. We have to come to the point where we start making executive decisions in our lives whether the choices are painful or not. So knowing now what I know because I’ve experienced the college life I would say “it will be hard at times, but stay strong. Do what you have to do, because if you don’t, it will only be unnecessarily harder.” That’s the message of my advice to high school me.

John

Visit the schools you apply to! Don't just speak to a tour guide or administration, speak to the students. See what activities are going on on campus. Go to the library, the book store and the recreation center. Taste the food. Find out what classes are mandatory for your major, then look up the professors that teach these classes on RateMyProfessor. Could you picture yourself living here?

Chloe

Dear senior wake up , take off your hoodie and pay attention in stat and atleat attempt to Pass that exam . Okay , your getting there- just stay out of trouble to avoid low standards and do not engage in inadequate behavior . Hey heres an inhaler , you'll need it to catch your breath for the fall as you apply for collge and scholarships - which you'll need to get on that now not later . Take you SAT and your ACT more than once , it'll help extravagantly . Pass those AP courses at least with a three , it'll save you money , honey . Speak up , walk faster , do more , meet a staranger , join a club , try a langauge , attemp a sport - be you .

Katrina

If I could talk to my high school senior self I would scream "SLOW DOWN!" It is okay if you do not know what you want to do right now for the rest of your life, trust me you will figure it out. Although I now will be gradutaing soon, I still do not know what I want to do until I retire. Did I mention that is okay? So many things are about to change, and you have to make it what you want it to be. You are in control of your present life. Learn to live in the present now, because if you live in the past you will worsen your depression and if you live for your future your anxiety is going to go through the roof. Appreciate the hard times, the good times, and the depressing times. Learn to appreciate the darkness because without the darkness how would you know what true light is? Life does not stop for you, it does not pause to comfort your bad days, and it does not sympathize; But people do. Hold on to the people in your life that make it worth living.

Caitlyn

Despite how off-putting and frightening living on campus might seem, it is highly convenient and recommended. Living on campus will save you a lot of time commuting on the highway in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Furthermore, you will thank yourself later, when you realize that your resume will be more hearty because of it. Living on campus will allow for easy access to all the amenities the university provides, plus joining clubs and/or organizations will be much easier. Also, listen to your teachers and others when they say you will need to study. Getting behind in your understanding can be a serious detriment to your progress and future success. Try not to procrastinate; do your work before it is due so you don't have so much to stress about. Do things at your own pace and don't compare your successes to others'. Finally, it will all work out in the end, one bad test grade doesn't translate to a bad grade for that class.

Mark

Dear High School Me, What are you thinking? Why is Call of Duty on your TV screen while your scholarship essays get brutally neglected day in and day out? You believe that your college self is such a long time away and you will have the time to finish it all later? Well: here I am. Please, for the love of financial well being, finish these scholarships! I am going crazy over here trying to poke my head above the sea of student debt I am seemingly drowning in, and my first year is not even over with. College is going to be very important, especially with the upcoming epiphany and sudden passion about education you will be getting. Education is important, and financial resources are necessary for education, therefore, financial resources are necessary. You, my friend, are lacking in this area, and we need some help fast. Apply to as many scholarships as possible, and mention your insane passion for computer programming, changing the world, and traveling, as well as your copious volunteer hours and great test scores (31 on ACT). I heard the folks over at Campus Discovery are nice people, give them a shot.

Stephanie

Hey, you there! Yes, you! Don't be afraid. I am your more mature and now enlightened college student self. Remember when you mom told you to apply for as many scholarships as possible and you ignored her. Well, that was the wrong thing to do. It's not too early! Financial help will make your life a lot easier. And remember when our guidance counselor Miss Grady suggested technical school instead of college because we weren't sure what we wanted to do then? Well, she was wrong. You don't have to know what you want to study in college! At least, not for the first year. I figured out what I wanted to do while I was taking the basic requirements (foreign languages, freshman math, humanities courses) and conversing with others that have like minds! A lot of students change their majors because it ends up being not for them. Don't be afraid to just jump into college to explore. Sure, you get a little homesick, but after a while college becomes your home. Oh, read and write! The more you do, the better you'll do. And learn to cook at least three balanced meals.

brynna

If I could go back to senior year of highschool, I would definately tell myself to only apply to in-state schools and to not worry about picking out a major and a specific career path yet. Choosing USF was the greatest decision and definately the best fit for me, and I changed my major 3 times before deciding on the major I am now, all of the major-specific classes I took freshman year are useless to my degree now, and while I enjoyed the classes they definately a waste of time and money. I would also tell myself to not worry about losing my high school friends, it happens to everyone when they graduate highschool, and I have made better friends in college anyway. I would also suggest signing up for advanced placement language arts classes, Composition 1 and 2 were horrible to take in college and I wish I would have taken them in highschool. The final bit I would say is to not worry about what others think of the career path you choose, its your life and you need to follow your passion and do what makes you happy.

Caylie

"Snap out of it, Caylie. These people are just like you." Sometimes I wish I really could go back in time, slap myself, and say those words to my own face. I have always dealt with some social anxiety, and reaching out to people can be hard for me. But if I could do it over again, I'd step out of my comfort zone more. Friends are such an important part of life, that sometimes you can't get through struggles without them. To have a friend, you must be one! The friends you make in college and the real, true relationships you develop along the journey are of absolute importance. We have all been blessed with the ability to help each other through hard things, and having people to encourage you throughout your daily life is so very important. If I could go back, I'd tell myself to jump out of that little safety circle I'd etched around my feet and enjoy the ride with other people, because sometimes we just can't do things on our own.

stav

I would tell myself not to worry. I took four years off between high school and college to travel, work, and volunteer. They were the most incredible four years of my life, but every year I'd come to a point where I'd sit at a computer and contemplate applying for college. I'd worry about not getting in, or not remembering how to study, or choosing the wrong degree even after all this time gaining work experience. I'd postpone my application for yet another year. Eventually, I applied. It's taken me three universities to find the right one. From private college, to community college, to large public university -- the last environment I thought I'd want -- and now I couldn't be happier. I enjoy my classes, I've met great people, I volunteer around my community, and I'm being mentored by a wonderful researcher. I would tell my high school self to not worry so much and to just follow her heart. Eventually, I would find myself in the place I was meant to be.

Anthony

If i could go back and talk to myself, I would tell me to get into school earlier then I did and not drink alcohol. I wanted to be an engineer since I was in high school. I tried to join the army so I could become a civil engineer, but because I broke my arm when I was two they could not except me. I gave up at the time and became a carpenter instead. I decided in 2008 to go after my dream of becoming an egineer. My dream is coming true, but I have ran out of federal student loan money. My only hope is that I am able to get scholarship to continual my dream.

Leighton

I know you... stubborn... never take advice well. So let me appeal to your wit and sarcasm with some tried-and-true tips for your next four years of academic debt accrual, which you’ll be paying off until you write your epitaph. Start by selecting the college as far as possible from mom and dad to lock in that inflated out-of-state tuition. Rarely call home. (You must ease your parents into “Empty Nest Syndrome.”) After purchasing that graduation Lexus (you deserved it), it’s time to talk finances. Accept the maximum amount of loans offered to you. Never, ever pay off your credit card(s), and sign up for as many as possible. Max out half, and lend the others to your boyfriend to support your dating fund. Don’t hesitate to date your high school sweetheart from across the country; long distance in college is totally fun! Failing out of your first semester to attend every party on Frat Row is the key to success. Don’t waste time on exercise or the salad bar; the corner bar is far more exhilarating. Lastly, don’t bother applying for scholarships... the odds are never in your favor!

Kamari

The hardest thing for me about transitioning to college was adjusting to not living at home. Although I was ready to leave home and start the next phase in my life I was totally nervous about living away from home. Everything was different once I got to college! Classes were different, friends were different and professors were different. Attending college was a great but tuff challenge for me. I don't think I was that prepared for college as I thought I was while in high school. The advice I would have gave my high school self was to not rely on my mother for as much as I did. I would call on my mother for everything. Everytime I needed something or wanted to know something I called my mother and she would give it to me. But now that I'm entering my sophomore year of college, I know not to call on my mother for so much.

Lauryn

It's okay if you don't finish in four years. It's better to take your time and get the most out of your education and college life. It's also totally okay if you change your major a few times. You don't have to know with 100% certainty what you want to do with your life when you enter college. Yes, college is there for your education and training in the career force, but it is also there as a buffer; you are allowed to change your mind about what you want to do with your life. Also, get involved as much as possible in campus life. You will meet ife long friends this way. Remember, you will never have such few responsibilites in life again - take advantage of it. This is the time to make mistakes. So go out, date a little, get involved, and have the time of your life. College is a once in a lifetime experience.

John

I would highly recommend that you apply to more colleges and keep trying to learn new things. This may seem counterintuitive, as I am aware that at this point in your life you are concerned with the possibility of being a "Jack of all trades, master of none," but the reason this appears to be a pattern is that you have not yet found something that you believe you could stick with for the rest of your life. Trust me, that something exists. Keep experimenting. Keep finding things that seem just a little bit interesting to you, latch onto them and keep learning them until you know whether or not it will appeal to you down the road. At some point you will stumble upon something that you know you can stick with. It may take an uncountable number of failures, but it will be worth it. You may need to pick up your life and bring it in a whole new direction, but it will be worth it. I speak from experience.

Michael

I would tell myself that you are going to be doing this for your future and for your families future and so that you can make sure that you will be able to take care of you family. I would also tell myself that you can get into a career that you will love and enjoy and will want to work in and work hard at. I would also say that this is your future and to try your hardest at it, because it will be worth it in the end, you will be securing your happiness for years to come.

Chris

None - I did great!

Sabrina

I would tell myself to keep up with your GPA from the beginning. While people say that freshman year is a transition period, it is actually the period where your GPA can hurt you or help you in the future. Be sure to pick your perfect major and do research on the job outlook. This will allow you to know where you will stand when you graduate from college. Stay focused on your dreams.

Jensen

Looking back at my younger, more naive self in high shool, there is a ton of information that i wish I could share with him. For example, I would tell myself not to feel so nervous about trying to meet people because the chances are that they feeling just as anxious. The most important thing that I would tell myself however, is to get involved in as many on campus activities early on as possible. Clubs and activites allow for students to meet other individuals with similar interests and, in my case give you the chance to meet that special someone. On a less serious note, a few other helpful hints to myself might include, do not date anyone in your dorm on your floor, relax and don't be uptight about everything, and maintain a safe but strong spirit of adventure because these are the times that you will remember forever.

Nicole

Finish college the first time! It is much harder when you are older. Concepts are more difficult to understand, materials take longer to figure out. Just finish while you are young.

Margely

"Dear Margely, Remember to calm down; failing a test does not mean that the world will end and that your dreams of becoming a doctor will never be realized. Despite what the overachivers say, it is ok to take a class on Shakespeare even if it has nothing to do with your major. Never compare yourself to anyone else and don't change your major a million times just because you suddenly question yourself; it is normal to do that. Embrace change and accept a challenge even if it means putting in the extra work. If you are not organized you won't find your calculator for the final exam because it has drowned at the bottom of your backpack. Always keep a spare umbrella in your bag and never miss a trip to study abroad."

Rowan

To my high school self, Stay strong and focused. There are going to be moments when it feels like there is noone to help, but that's not true. Embrace the ROTC lifestyle and get to know the other cadets as soon as possible because they're amazing inviduals and they become you new family. The ROTC class itself won't cause you too much stress, but trying to pass the physical test is going to be a struggle. Just take it one day at a time and focus on becoming better and stronger. Get ready to focus more on your classes because you need to build those study skills. You've always known the day would come where you couldn't finish a lab report an hour before going to bed or the work for all your other classes during lunch. The next couple semesters aren't hard, so find time to sit down and learn some study methods that work for you. It's easy to waste a lot of time doing nothing, and you'll get bored. Trust me. Remember your goals and dreams and let them inspire you when times get tough. You've got this.

Azhar

Apply to Georgia Tech and do not worry so much about money, live on campus and always be professional and curteous

Beverley

I would tell myself to start saving before college. I think the reason why I struggled so much is because I did not have comprehension of finances. I would start learning how to make credit cards work for me instead of the other way around. I would tell myself to look for scholarships through the alumni center, because it is one of the most untapped resources available at any school.

Nikita

Going back in time to myself as a high school senior first I would tell myself to get involved on campus by joining clubs or a sorority and attend campus events because you are introduced to many people that can help you succeed during your academic and career goals. I would have also told myself to live with my parents so I wouldn’t have to work full time. Working part time I would have extra hours that can be used for volunteering, getting involved on campus or just studying. I would also mention to have fun because college is the best years of your life so don’t over study but then again don’t under study and meet new people along the way.

Amy

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior the first thing I would say is, "Follow your dreams and don't let fear of failure or other's opnions hold you back." I wish I would've started college sooner but I allowed others to shape my future by their negative words. I feel that making the transition into college life is somewhat easier now as an older adult because I know who I am in life and I know what my career goals are. I would tell any high school senior who is enrolling in collge to GO FOR IT! Pursue your dreams, work hard, believe in yourself and you will achieve much in life!

Adrian

If I could go back in time and advise myself about the future hardships of college I would say many things. One of the items on the agenda would be to advise on the amount of responsibilitythat will be placed on my shoulders. Many of the intructors are only there to go over the material. One soon realizes that they must go to the tutoring centers on campus andseek more information on the subject in order to get a better understanding of the course material. I would also advise myself about the importance of making friends on campus. Especially friends that are in your desired major. It will become very helpful to not just yourself but to others when you need help on some homework or on a class project. Having friends will ultimately benefit your future as it may provide references to powerful individuals who can vouch for you in a job hunt.

Pedro

Shut and embrace your final year of high school because it will never be the same. Yeah, I know A.P. Chemistry is a huge jump and wrestling is beating you to your knees but it's your last year of what I can call being a kid. Because now, not to say too much and mess up the space-time continuom, you are what people call 'an adult with responsibilities.' Don't get me wrong college isn't impossible, but it all falls on YOU now. The teachers gives the information and it's up to you to do the work. College isn't a huge leap but a it is a major step, and you have to be ready to lose yourself in it. Which is why you have to enjoy the time you have with friends now. Because in college you'll be lucky to walk pass them. You'll see them walking your way and won't be able to hold back those memories of when your back was full of toys and a small folder rather than two inch binders and $200 textbooks.

Samantha

Definitely visit the campus before making a final decision on what college to go to. And don't let an experience on a college campus before your junior year of high school influence what college you choose. Apply to multiple colleges, not just two or three, just to keep your options open. Also do not settle on a major. Just because you think you want to major in something going into college doesn't mean you'll feel the same at the end of your first year, but also don't continually change your major because you'll never graduate. Accept change, but don't let it negatively affect you.

Amanda

I would tell myself in high school to spend more time studying and less time hanging out with my friends and boyfriend. This the time would have prepared me and gotten me used to the first semester of college when I should have spent more time studying. Also, if I had studied more in high school, I might have recieved more scholarships which I really needed because of how expensive college really is. I would have told myself to take more AP classes and to have studied more for the AP exams that way I could have had more college credit when I started college and then I wouldn't have had to pay for as many classes because I would have already taken them and recieved credit for them in high school for free. Then I would have saved more money. Also, I shouldn't have spent my money on so many things in high school that didn't more so that I could have saved it for college because now I really need that already spent money.

Kaitlyn

If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to start saving money early, and really sit down and apply for scholarships. I would also tell myself to live right now and not worry too much about the future. To just enjoy your last year of high school, before reality sets in and you can't enjoy those things.

Jillian

Be yourself and take time to enjoy life outside of your studies. The next four years will go by faster than you can image. To encourage you, you will thrive in college! You will be exposed to a lot of new and differencing of opinions, be respectful but stand up for what you believe in. You will get homesick, it’s okay. Just get plugged into campus life by getting involved in student organizations. Most importantly, find a church that is going to help you with your walk with the Lord. They will become like a second family to you that will guide you, care for, and help you along the way. Here you will make some long lasting friendships. Do not worry about if you are going to make it or what you are going to do. Stand in faith and God will help you get through college and will show you want career path to chose. College is a time a find out who you are and what you believe in. It’s okay to make mistakes because they will become your greatest lessons. Mostly, have fun because this is a once in a life time opportunity.

DARNIESHA

I wish I could go back and tell myself all of the things I know now ALL of the time. If I could go back I'd tell myself, "Stop being so lazy! You can't just depend solely on FAFSA and assume the rest will work itself out. Apply to scholarships. Then, apply to MORE scholarships! Be self sufficient." I'd also tell myself, "get a job and SAVE, yes mom and dad pay for everything NOW, but one of these days you'll have to depend on yourself so save now and you'll be better off later for those unexpected expenses." The biggest hurdle in my college experience has been paying the tuition, a part of me even wishes that'd I'd listened when people told me to go to a community college to take my core classes and then transfer to the univerity I really wanted to go to later. Another "biggie" is "PAY ATTENTION TO DUE DATES!" All of your college professors won't baby you and remind you when things are due. In high school when your teacher gave you a syllabus it was a waste, in college it's your life support.

Tonia

If I could go back in time, I would tell my senior self to work harder to make those A's in high school, join more clubs and do more extracurricular activities. Also more importantly to apply for as many scholarships as you can because I learned the hard way now that college is expensive and you will stress youreslf out everyday worrying abou how you're gonna pay for your education. Another big thing I would tell my past self is too take AP classes, work harder, to challenge and push myself to the limits in my academics. And the biggie is to defintely stop complaining about high school and enjoy it while it lasts, because once you get out college is fun but also scary and nerve wrecking at the same time. New friends, much bigger school and sadly no more free textbooks. College can be fun, but its also about keeping focused and getting an educuation you came for so you can make that differeence in that world.

Cassandra

Dear high school senior, Use your time wisely and plan for your future. Once you make the decision about the school you are attending, research the school's programs, oranizations, and anything else it has to offer. Many people take their first year as a college student to just find their place on campus and go to class, then the following year is when they decide to get involved. Spending your freshman year just observing and focusing on academics is going to take away one whole year of experiences you won't get in high school or anywhere else if you're coming in not knowing what the college/university has to offer. As a high school senior, identify what kinds of things you enjoy doing such as playing instruments, volunteering, or leading and would like to continue or develop as a college student. It is very likely your college/university offers many opportunities to involve yourself in these activities and it is better to go in knowing about them and beginnning your college journey strong than to wait a whole year. Reward yourself with great opportunities/experiences by investing time in doing your research before you get there.

Tiaria

If i can go back to when i first started highschool , my studies would be contrary . I couldve been more successful in high school with more patience as well as motivation. Even though times got difficult during the school year, and also tiring, but the hard work always pays off at the end. When i graduated, i graduate with honors, and was remembered as a diligent school worker. I wouldve been more organized with all my work and projects more in chronological order. Instead of having distractions i wouldve kept to myself more in order to achieve higher averaged grades. Even though i had to maintain good grades, i wouldve joined more curriculum activities , and more involved with school. If i was to get more rest , i wouldve paid attention more in school instead of falling asleep in class. I always doubted how i would fail a classs or a exam , instead of motivating myself as if anything is possible if i stay focused and pray.

Brenon

To save every penny for college becuase you will need everyone of it. Also i would say to take math and science more seriously because college math is not a joke.